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Hot Town...Summer in the City

Rope, wrought iron, wood, koi pond, and waterfall outside a Japanese restaurant....

...all makes...
良いフェンス
good fences!
Japanese lettering created by Google Translate 


The sky called to me on this day when we were out on the Gulf Waters...looking toward the Harbor Bridge and the Port of Corpus Christi!! The sea was calm, the breeze off the water was refreshing! The scenery wasn't too bad either! [a private boat cannot go further than so many feet from the bridge...into the port, it is a restricted area!! Exorbitant fines if caught going in too far.] Did you know this bit of info? Since 911 it is also illegal to photograph the UNDERside of a bridge such as this one.  It's all about homeland security these days, I think.  Country safety comes first and foremost.  I'm sure the restrictions are because it is for the fact terrorists could utilize such images in attack plans?!!  Under this particular bridge, on land and nearby the port-of-call building...restrictive signs posted everywhere regarding photographs,   ALSO, by the year 2020 a new bridge will be finished if proposals go through and state funds are okayed....a $700 million project. This present bridge is getting old...over 53 years' existence.
    From Local Newspaper: "The new bridge will be taller than the existing one for ships in the nearby port to pass under it. The current bridge 138 feet tall, and the new one would be 205 feet tall."
linking to:  Skywatch Friday

...this photo, courtesy of TxDOT, is one of many possible bridge designs for replacing the old WWII design of the cantilever Harbor Bridge we use today that can be seen behind the drawn-in "new" bridge. There are also proposed sketches of a cable suspension bridge similar to one in Houston, but much taller. The tallest bridge in existence in the state of Texas is the Rainbow Bridge near the border of Louisiana and Texas in the southeast corner...177 feet tall. So, if this bridge that the city of Corpus Christi is completed at 205 feet in height...it will then be the tallest?!!! [The harbor bridge in the skywatch photo...it's the 2nd tallest in Texas at this time]...Only time will tell.


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  1. The Lovin' Spoonful! It has been almost 100 here today, so I can't imagine how hot it is there. But your pictures are oh so cool. That's a whole lotta bridge restrictions! Wonder how long it will take to build the new one?

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    1. Yep, with the humidity here, factored in...the heat index is high and dangerous for animals/humans.

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  2. Whoa, that's one helluva bridge!

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    1. ....you get used to it when you use it on a more daily basis.

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  3. I love the old design, but I guess it will be better for the ships.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. ...the design is good, but the bridge is too costly these days to keep safe.

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  4. I had no idea about the restrictions on taking pictures of bridges. Good to know should I ever be out sightseeing with my camera.

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    1. Ann, I don't think it's ALL bridges, just some that may be susceptible to terrorist attacks. Being that this is a port city and all.

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  5. That bridge used to scare me to drive. I don't know why. I'm glad a new one is coming. Nice photos and interesting info about bridges. I take lots of photos of the in Holland but no restrictions here that I know of. xo Jenny

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    1. I don't like bridges at all...but it's a part of commuting here to get to so many other areas on the 'other side'.

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  6. The koi pond is lovely! I love bridges, and hate to see some of those older ones go, but safety is most important.

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    1. I'd much prefer safety. LOL

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  7. Hi Anni Loved all the fences especially the rope one and beautiful reflections. The 2 bridges are very impressive. Have a great day.

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  8. The koi pond is lovely. I like the newer designs of bridges, some can almost look like art. Great fence shots and photos. Have a happy day!

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    1. ...yes, now that you mention it. Thanks Eileen

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  9. I must say I like the older designs of bridges much more than the more modern designs. The older designs had personality, whereas the modern designs seem a little too flashy for me :)

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    1. I actually like 'em both...but safety is the main factor...this old one is becoming way too costly and dangerous to have it around in use much longer.

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  10. Go fishes go! What a fun place.

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    1. ...I liked your trip through the nature reserve today too!! Thanks Karen.

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  11. I love that rope fence.. really beautiful and so is the photo and i did not know about not taking photos of the underside of a bridge. thanks for that info.

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    1. I actually think that THIS particular bridge and other port cities have the laws 'cause they ARE PORT cities. Glad you enjoyed the rope fence.

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  12. Lovely post Anni!! Oh dear me it is hot hot hot here too
    95 and above every day this week....and humid but they you know about humid!
    Hugs to you Tahone and Winston madi and Mom

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    1. ...and Tahoe and Winston sends 'em backatcha Madi!!

      You two stay indoors where it's cool...and filled with boxes. ;-)

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  13. all good fences for a perfect setting! great bridge, too. :)

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  14. Lovely pictures of the bridge and water in Corpus Christi. I am so old that I remember the causeway onto Galveston Island when it had a drawbridge section for ships to pass through. As a child, we didn't go to the mainland often but when we did, I worried that the drawbridge would start going up when we were on it and we would go over the edge and into the water.

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    1. ...long ago, here in Corpus, there was a LIFT bridge on the channel...do you remember that one? Now, that is scary.

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  15. Love your fences and the coolness of the koi pond. When we lived in Khartoum (the Sudan) it was illegal and outlawed to photograph bridges, among many other things. We daily crossed one of several bridges over the Nile river when traveling from Omdurman (where we lived) into the city of Khartoum North. And although it was tempting, and I always had my camera handy, I never succumbed! (Sheria law still prevails there! ) Great post. Jo

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    1. I'm sure the same laws are in effect throughout the world in some troubled areas.

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  16. That first picture is wonderful, you caught the sky just right. I do hope that you get a new bridge, since infrastructure funds are so limited these days, thanks to Congress. Or no thanks to Congress, I should say. :-0

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    1. ...with more troubles here and there....money is gonna be wasted where it shouldn't be spent...I can almost guarantee that. Thanks DJ

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  17. That proposed bridge design is beautiful, isn't it! And I don't see how they can keep people from photographing the underside of the bridge. There are always people who ignore the rules and once the photos are out...

    That first shot looks so peaceful. And those fish in the pool are so pretty. I haven't put any fish in our pond yet this year.

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    1. ....Those koi are huge...the picture just doesn't do them justice.

      I agree...there isn't a fool proof law that'll keep someone from breaking.

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  18. Love that first shot....

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  19. Neat fences, I like the rope! I had no idea you couldn't take photos under bridges, but I live in Canada and we don't have the same restrictions.

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    1. ,,,we are always trying some kind of law that just makes someone WANT to break. Homeland Security makes us feel protected....when in all honesty it can be broken in a flash!!

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  20. That's a pretty garden with the rope fence outside the restaurant! I love your bridge shot, too, with the neat looking sky. I always hate it when traffic backs up on a bridge. Especially an older bridge. My imagination runs wild! :)

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    1. ...oh ya, old rusted rural bridges scare me to pieces. A draw bridge is a scary thing...

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  21. i bet the food was as good as the beautiful setting...interesting info on the bridge too...

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    1. ...actually, it is a good place to eat...always crowded...but this particular day we ate next door for a breakfast and this wasn't opened yet.

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  22. Interesting info, I love to look a bridges and marvel at the architecture, then the actually building and builders but I don't much like crossing the really high ones.

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    1. I don't LIKE 'em but this one is a necessity unless I want to drive way out of the way by 50 miles one way to get around it. Much rather just use the high bridge and save time/gas.

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  23. Love sitting by a pond while I eat. Great fence choice. I sure recognize that bridge. Lived in Corpus years ago...and had a beach house on Port A. Janey

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    1. ...it's very recognizable, I'm sure.

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  24. Lovely collection of photos! It is not often that I see a rope fence - very nice.

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  25. Some very unique shots! It hasn't reached 100 here in mid-NC yet but has been VERY close this week! I am ready for some cool rain!

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    1. .........ahhhhhhhhhhh, cool rain. That sounds heavenly. Me too. Bring it on.

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  26. Really nice bridge and fence shots!

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  27. Such awesome pictures.

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  28. The design reminds me of our Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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  29. Very interesting information about bridges--I had no idea photographs of them were not allowed. Love the photos you were able to get.

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  30. Lovely garden outside the restaurant and I like the bridge so much.

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed this post Carver.

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  31. What a pretty place.

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  32. Your rope fence and Koi pond look very Japanese, very simple in style and yet practical.
    As for your Bridge information, it is very interesting and I have to agree that Home Land Security should be a priority. The new Bridge should be exciting and just the fact that they are building one is great since infrasturcture doesn't seem to be anybody's priority these days. Getting called to diner, so I will cut this short ... Great post, Hootin' Annie

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    1. ....I just hope that someday it'll be completed, safe for commuters, and beautiful.

      Enjoy your dinner Andrea.

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  33. A lovely place indeed!! I could enjoy spending time there! I do love the bridge!! And your captures are superb as always, Anni! Hope you have a great weekend!! Enjoy!

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  34. I can't even imageine what $700 million looks like. I've been over the rainbow bridge and it is talllllllllllll.

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    1. ....I know...me either, and that estimate isn't the high....talk is it will be nearing more closely to a Billion!!

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  35. That rope fence is really neat Anni.

    Thanks for sharing the info about the bridge and the wonderful photo of it.

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  36. There is something exciting about bridges - especially the really tall ones! I always love your photos.

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    1. ...Have you been over the Rainbow Bridge in SE Texas?

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  37. Interesting information about the bridges and pretty pictures as always.

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  38. are those lantana flowers by the pond?

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    1. Ann, I'm not sure, I really never paid attention.

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  39. I love that last picture especially showing the water and that gorgeous bridge....

    And of course, you caught my attention when you mentioned WATERFALL.... ha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. LOL....you've created such a glorious blog of your travels and waterfalls, that I immediately thought of YOU when I heard the faint trickle of this waterfall.

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  40. the rope fence is my fav....

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    1. ....thanks .... it's one of my favorite styles too.

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  41. We're gearing up for our own Hot Town, Summer in the City next week here.
    Very nice shots from the Japanese restaurant. I like the rope fencing.
    Neat bridge shots either. I didn't know about the photographing of bridges either but it's not likely I'd try taking a photo of the underside of a bridge so I guess that thought never crossed my mind.

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    1. ...thanks. I am thinking that it's only because that it's so near the port of entry that the 'photo ban' would be necessary.

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  42. Lovely surroundings at the restaurant. Interesting fact about photos under the bridge - I never would have thought of that. Glad somebody is looking out for us, but it is sad that we have to be so careful about everything. Have a nice weekend. Mickie :)

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    1. Yes, it is sad...but if we all think about the laws...there are rules, and the saying goes "Rules can be broken"....it's not fool proof, I'm sure.

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  43. That will be quite a bridge. Love the koi pond!

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  44. What amazing and lovely shots.

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  45. Love the pond and the fishes in them. They are very safe surrounded by stones and thread fences. Beautiful shots of the bridges!

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  46. OMG; this is a very BEAUTIFUL Japanese garden outside of the restaurant, Anni♡♡♡ I think all items (hope this word is right) are in there to make it the wonderful Japanese style one. And I like they also have the "to-ro, 灯籠” in there, which is behind the stone with unique shape. It is not for the practical use but shaped like lantern. We have in our garden as well. Thank you so much putting title into Japanese, too. I wondered you had enjoyed the food ;-)

    I'm surprised to know about the information about illegal thing for pictures; surely makes sense.
    Sending you lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. ...thank you sweet Miyako....I would have never known what the 'lantern' is called. Now I do.

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  47. Interesting old bridge

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  48. I love that rope fence and what an amazing bridge. Texas always makes things bigger and better! Enjoy your weekend! hugs, Diane

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    1. ...lol....I used to say that before we moved to Texas...guess it's true in so many ways. Thanks Diane

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  49. Love those "fences"!!!

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  50. Love the rope fence and the photos of the bridges. The water is such a lovely shade of blue. I didn't know they still enforced the photo ban - seems silly to me...xo Karen

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  51. Beautiful collection of photos... I love bridges too...

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  52. I like the rope fence.

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    1. ...I did too...so...photo op!! lol

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  53. Lovely reflections in this beautiful little garden and the sky is gorgeous!

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  54. The Koi pond is terrific, I especially like the way the fish are swimming all lined up and close. The bridge is lovely, I like the delicately shaped structure. That a is terribly nostalgic place for me, site of happy college field trips and explorations, also one orchestra competition trip with lots of good memories.

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    1. ...thanks Hannah. Glad to read that it brought back some fond memories too.

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